Legalisation of Dutch documents for use abroad
If you want to use a Dutch document in another country, you usually need to have it legalised first. This is done with a special stamp or sticker. The process is normally completed at the foreign country’s embassy or consulate.
What is legalisation and why is it required?
Legalisation makes documents, like diplomas and civil status documents, suitable for use in another country. It shows that a document has been issued by a competent authority.
The legalisation procedure depends on the type of document:
- official copies of civil status documents
- passport photocopies
- residence documents
- lists of grades
- proof of enrolment in a course
- medical certificates
- medication certificates
- powers of attorney
- vourt orders
- documents drawn up by a lawyer
documents drawn up by a notary
- articles of association
- analytical reports
- export documents
- certificates of origin